ERIC Number: EJ941805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
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Children's Perceptions of Families: What Do They Really Think?
Rigg, Andrea; Pryor, Jan
Children & Society, v21 n1 p17-30 Jan 2007
The perceptions of 111 New Zealand children from different family structures and cultures were examined. Lone-parent families, blended families, extended family, non-residential parents and couples with children were highly endorsed. No great distinctions were made between married and cohabiting couples when the relationship included children. Definitions of family frequently mentioned affective factors. In comparing ethnic groups and family structures some differences were noted, but in general children have many similarities in their family concepts. Comparisons with a recent study of adolescents did not reveal clear-cut developmental sequences in young people's perceptions. Overall, an inclusive and realistic view of families was expressed.
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Ethnic Groups, Family Structure, Foreign Countries, Cultural Differences, One Parent Family, Marital Status, Family Relationship, Affective Behavior, Comparative Analysis, Children
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand